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Nomar, Thome Win Comeback Player Of the Year Award


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Re-emerging with the Los Angeles Dodgers after two injury-shortened seasons with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, Nomar Garciaparra was voted NL Comeback Player of the Year.


Jim Thome was the AL winner in his first season with the Chicago White Sox.


Garciaparra won the award despite playing the final weeks of the season with an injured oblique muscle and left quadriceps, which he tore during Thursday night's NL playoff game against the New York Mets. The first baseman hit .303 with 20 homers and 93 RBI, making his sixth All-Star Game.


Garciaparra received 72,054 votes in fan balloting announced Saturday by the commissioner's office.


Thome, dealt to Chicago by Philadelphia last November following the emergence of Ryan Howard, batted .288 with 42 homers, 109 RBI and 107 walks. He received 55,587 votes.


The margin of victory for Garciaparra and Thome was unknown. Major League Baseball would not release vote totals for other players in the balloting, spokeswoman Susan Goodenow said.


Voting was conducted on MLB.com. The Yankees' Jason Giambi and Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. won the inaugural awards last year.


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Nomar definitely deserved it, but it's a travesty that the Big Hurt did not win it in the AL.



How? I am not a Frank hater at all, in fact I think he should win the MVP award. But in terms of comeback player, Thome came back from 2 serious injuries, and was better in every single offensive category than Frank was. Sounds like he deserves the award just as much.

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